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Game 1: Tufts 8          Trinity (CT) 2
Game 2: Tufts 12        Trinity (CT) 5

At Medford, MA
Saturday, April 22, 2006

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

MEDFORD -- The Tufts baseball team clinched a spot in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament with a clutch double-header sweep of Trinity College on Saturday afternoon at Huskins Field. The Jumbos scored six runs in the fourth inning of game one to win 8-2, then unleashed a 16-hit attack to take game two by a 12-5 final.

Combined with a 7-6 comeback victory over the Bantams on Friday, Tufts eliminated Trinity from conference tournament contention. The Jumbos entered the weekend needing to win two out of three against Trinity to avoid elimination themselves. Now, coupled with a Bates sweep at Colby today, the Jumbos are in the field along with Bowdoin from the NESCAC East Division.

With the first game tied at 2-2, junior 2B Brian Casey (Milford, MA) and junior LF Kyle Backstrom (Worcester, MA) each hit two-run doubles to spark the six-run fourth inning for Tufts. Sophomore Adam Telian (Stoughton, MA) did a stand-out job in relief, shutting out the Bantams on one hit over 5.2 innings to earn the victory.

Tufts had 14 hits in the seven-inning opener, led by a 4 for 4 performance by senior SS Greg Chertok (New City, NY), a 3 for 4 game from senior CF Jim O'Leary (North Easton, MA) and two hits apiece by Backstrom and freshman RF Brian McDonough (Hanover, MA).

Trinity freshman C Sean Killeen (Greenfield, MA) provided all of their offense with a two-run home run in the first inning. Sophomore starter Mike Regan (West Roxbury, MA) allowed 11 hits and six earned runs in 3.1 innings to take the loss.

The Bantams, who led all three games during the series at some point, were up 4-0 in game two after the top of the first. They had six hits in the inning, including an RBI and run scored by sophomore DH Matt Stafford (Plymouth, MA).

The Jumbos would surge to a 7-4 lead after five innings. Senior C Ben Chang (Chicago, IL) walked and scored in the second, fourth and fifth innings. Chertok had an RBI double in the second and a run-scoring single in the fourth. Junior CF Chris Decembrele (Walpole, MA) hit a two-run home run in the fifth. Freshman 3B Kevin Casey (Milford, MA) had three hits and scored twice in the second through the fifth innings.

Tufts added a run in the seventh and piled on four more in the eighth. Six players finished with multiple-hit games, including Chertok and Casey with three hits apiece. Casey scored four runs in the game. Junior Carlos Lopez (Brooklyn, NY) pitched 6.1 innings of three-hit, no-run relief to earn his third victory against no losses.

Sophomore Tom DiBenedetto (Fort Myers, FL) was 3 for 4 for Trinity, which had 12 hits in the nightcap. Killeen finished 2 for 3 with two runs and Stafford was 2 for 5. Starter Greg Talpey (Westbrook, CT) was touched for seven hits and five runs in three innings to get the loss.

The Jumbos improved to 16-11 overall and 6-3 in the NESCAC East. The Bantams fell to 17-11 and 6-6.